Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."

Are Vikings best of the worst NFC playoff contenders? We'll find out

Congratulations, Vikings Nation. Your squad is the best of the 10 worst teams still pillow-fighting for the NFC's final wild-card spot. How many of them do you think have winning records?

Craig's Week 13 NFL picks: With Vikings off, watch these games instead

The NFC's best teams meet in Philadelphia, which will either amplify or overshadow how weak the rest of the conference is.

In loss to Bears, Vikings defense needed more help from O'Connell

Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell said he trusted his defenders, but he gave them little margin for error with a pair of crucial field-position decisions vs. the Bears.

Jared Allen back on semifinalist list for Pro Football Hall of Fame

The former Vikings defensive end is already a three-time finalist in his first three years of Hall of Fame eligibility. Can he get to the next level in the balloting?

Five extra points: Bears tried to lose but Vikings refused to let them

The last-place Bears finally met their match when it came to insisting that the other team win as Joshua Dobbs faltered and Kevin O'Connell made some strange decisions.

Vikings' Wonnum is stacking up sacks in a contract year

Fourth-year pro D.J. Wonnum has six sacks through 11 games, and he and Danielle Hunter have joined forces to be one of the top duos in the NFL.

Week 12 NFL picks: Are shake-ups in standings and staffing coming?

Will Week 12 of the NFL season lead to changes at the top of some divisions and the firing of a coach?

Jefferson closer to returning, but Vikings will make certain he's 100%

Receiver Justin Jefferson could be ready for Monday night's game vs. the Chicago Bears — or the Vikings could wait until after the bye week to activate him.

Mark Craig's Thanksgiving NFL picks, with a Black Friday bonus

This year's Thanksgiving games dish up two interesting matchups and a very lopsided one.

Hunter is Vikings' nominee for NFL sportsmanship award

Vikings edge rusher Danielle Hunter has been flagged for only eight accepted penalties in his nine-year NFL career.